Development Applications

Application Guidance

Advice regarding the lodgement of Development Applications can be found via the NSW Planning Portal at:

Poorly prepared applications may be rejected.

Pre-lodgement meetings are encouraged for larger commercial, industrial and medium density developments.

Apply NowPre-Lodgement Form (Development Enquiry)

Obtaining Property Information to Support your Application

Planning Portal 

The NSW Planning Portal provides free property information through the ePlanning Spatial Viewer that may assist you in submitting your application, such as:

A property report containing all of the above information, and more can be generated through the Viewer. 


NSW Planning Portal Example Screen



Bushfire Prone Land Further Information

Is Your Property Bush Fire Prone Land?

To find out if your property is located on bush fire prone land you may use one of the following:

What to do if your property is in a bush fire prone area?

If you are located on bush fire prone land, you may need to submit additional information with your Development Application or Complying Development Certificate.

Exempt Development

A Development Application is not required as long as the development meets the development standards of exemption provided under State Environmental Planning Policy 2008. The policy will contain provisions relating to bush fire prone land, if applicable. Standards may include use of non-combustible materials or hardwood.

No additional information is required to be submitted to Council.

Complying Development

Complying development is not allowed on high-risk bush fire prone land, such as BAL-FZ or BAL-40. Complying Development on land with a Bush Fire Attack Level of BAL-29, BAL-19, BAL-12.5 or BAL-LOW will require a Bush Fire Attack Level (BAL) Certificate issued by Council or an accredited Bush Fire Consultant.

The Certificate will state the Bush Fire Attack Level that applies to the proposed development and must be included with your Complying Development application documentation.

Development Application

Applications for a new dwelling or alterations and additions to a property with an existing dwelling on bush fire prone land must include:

  • A report from an Accredited Bush Fire Consultant.; or
  • A self-assessment using the NSW Rural Fire Service Single Dwelling Application Kit,; or
  • A Bush Fire Attack Level (BAL) Certificate from Council or an Accredited Bushfire Consultant.

Integrated Development

Integrated Development,including subdivision of bush fire prone land and development that is a Special Fire Protection Purpose (SFPP) must be accompanied by a report from an Accredited Bush Fire Consultant and will be referred to the NSW RFS. Payment of additional fees is required for integrated developments.

Where can you find an Accredited Bush Fire Consultant?

The NSW Rural Fire Service recognises consultants within the following accreditation scheme:

Fire Protection Association Australia, Bush Fire Planning and Design

Referral to the NSW Rural Fire Service

The following development applications will be referred to the NSW Rural Fire Service for consideration as part of the assessment process:

  • Land that is Bush Fire Attack Levels BAL-40 and BAL-FZ (Flame Zone);
  • Applications that do not meet specific performance criteria in Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2019 and rely on variations to acceptable solutions;
  • Integrated Development

Planning for Bushfire Protection

The NSW Rural Fire Service document titled Planning for Bush Fire Protection (PBP) 2019 provides the framework for development located on bushfire prone land in NSW. 

All development on bushfire prone land must meet the requirements of PBP 2019, unless the consent authority has consulted with the NSW Rural Fire Service. A bushfire safety authority, under section 100B of the Rural Fires Act 1997, must be obtained from the NSW Rural Fire Service for subdivision and special fire protection developments on bushfire prone land.

Related Information


SIX Viewer 

The Spatial Information eXchange (SIX) viewer enables users to display and question a wide range of spatial (location based) information across NSW which may assist with preparing an application, including:
  • Lot / Section / Plan number information 
  • Aerial photography of a property address
  • Satellite imagery
  • Property information
  • Geographic information



SIX Viewer Example Screen


Online Lodgement

Online lodgement of development applications is now mandatory. 

The lodgement of applications can now only be undertaken via the NSW Planning Portal

Please use the link below to lodge your application:

Lodged Applications

To view lodged development applications (DAs) visit the Application Tracking site:

Development Application Tracking

Application Tracking allows you to see the status and follow the progress of the following types of applications:

  • Development Applications (DAs)
  • Complying Development (CDCs)
  • Section 4.55 Modification Applications (previously Section 96)
  • Section 8.2 Review Applications (Previously Section 82A)

Using Application Tracking you can access information related to an application online such as:

  • Description of proposal
  • Name of applicant
  • Name of Council's Assessment Officer
  • A selection of publicly available electronic documents
  • Current status of application including tasks that have been completed
  • A decision/determination of the application.

Approved Development Applications

In accordance with Section 4.59 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, Wingecarribee Shire Council is required to give notice of development consents, including modifications and review of determinations and complying development certificates within a certain period. 

If public notice of the granting of a consent or a complying development certificate is given in accordance with the regulations by a consent authority or an accredited certifier, the validity of the consent or certificate cannot be questioned in any legal proceedings except those commenced in the Court by any person at any time before the expiration of 3 months from the date on which public notice was so given. 


Agricultural Land Classification Maps

A knowledge of the relative suitability of land for agriculture will help with the development of strategic plans, which protect land highly suited to agriculture and identify land more suited to non-agricultural activities.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) produces agricultural land classification maps, on a local government area basis, which rank land on its suitability for agricultural production. 

The maps are produced by evaluating biophysical, social and economic factors that influence the use of land for agriculture.

NSW Department of Primary Industries - Agricultural Land Use Mapping and Classification Guide

Mittagong Agricultural Land Classification Map(PDF, 2MB)

Moss Vale Agricultural Land Classification Map(PDF, 2MB)

Kiama Agricultural Land Classification Map(PDF, 2MB)

Wollongong Agricultural Land Classification Map(PDF, 1MB)

Shire Localities

The Gazetted Shire Localities Map(PDF, 6MB) includes:

  • Town & Village Names
  • Rural Place Names
  • Urban Place Names
  • Historic Areas

DownloadWingecarribee Shire Map(PDF, 3MB)


What is BASIX

The Building Sustainability Index (BASIX), is a NSW Government planning measure to reduce household electricity and water use by setting minimum sustainability targets for new and renovated homes.

BASIX identifies design features that will affect the likely level of thermal comfort and water and energy use per household based on the location, building size, orientation, construction type, landscaping and fixtures. It sets minimum targets that must be achieved before a BASIX Certificate can be generated, and then submitted as part of a Development Application or Complying Development Application.

BASIX applies to:

  • All new residential dwellings,
  • Alterations and additions to dwellings that cost $50,000 or more,
  • Swimming pools of 40,000 litres or more.

How to Obtain a BASIX Certificate

To demonstrate your development meets the BASIX requirements, you must conduct an assessment using the online BASIX Tool, which estimates the water and energy consumption and the thermal comfort based on the information you provide. This information includes the floor area, the size, location and type of windows, the type of insulation and the type of hot water system being installed.

There are detailed help notes available on the BASIX website to guide you through the process.

Once you have successfully completed the assessment by meeting the BASIX targets, you must generate the BASIX certificate and submit it with your Development Application or Complying Development Certificate

Related Information

BASIX Certificate

Assistance with the BASIX Tool 

Clause 4.6 Variations Register 

Under the Wingecarribee Local Environmental Plan, 2010, Council is allowed some flexibility when applying planning controls to certain developments, and maintains a register of these variations to then be submitted quarterly to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

It is important to note that these developments, whilst they may not meet certain development standards, are achieving planning objectives set by Council.

The register of variations to development standards, applied to development applications within the Wingecarribee LGA, is available for public view below:

Clause 4.6 Variations Register(PDF, 179KB)

Development Advice 

If you require any specific development advice about a particular proposal, in the first instance please contact us to talk to the relevant Duty Officer for preliminary advice. Depending on the complexity of the proposal, the Duty Officer may ask you for additional information, suggest a pre-lodgement meeting, or advise you to seek professional assistance. 

Southern Region Planning Panel

The Southern Region Planning Panel provides independent, merit-based decision making on regionally significant development. Applications for regionally significant development are notified and assessed by Council and then determined by the relevant regional panel.

Regional Panels: 

  • Determine regionally significant development applications (DAs), certain other DAs and s4.55(2) and s4.56 modification applications.
  • Act as the Planning Proposal Authority (PPA) when directed.
  • Undertake rezoning reviews.
  • Provide advice on other planning and development matters when requested.
  • Determine site compatibility certificates under the State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004.

Current & Past Matters

The Southern Region Planning Panel attends to requests affecting Wingecarribee Shire Council.

View upcoming and previously determined matters here

Panel Members

Each regional panel is comprised of five members. The current members of the Southern RPP (and alternate members) appointed by the Minister may be viewed here

Council's members are Mayor, Duncan Gair and Clr Grahame McLaughlin until 3 September 2021.

Further information regarding panels can be found at here.